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Could you tell me what may be wrong with my Sorbus tree which wilted early last autumn but had new buds on every branch all winter but has refused to open at all this year, the outer case of the buds are hard but when pulled one off it was green and healthy looking inside. 
Have decided to trim off the buds to see what now happens, do you think I have done the right thing. 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    Which type of Sorbus? Whitebeam or Rowan?
    Do you have a photo?

    It does sound like drought though.More info needed  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • anton567anton567 Posts: 6
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  • anton567anton567 Posts: 6
    Do you think it will survive?? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    Have you a better pic? Of the whole tree?
    It doesn't look alive. How and where is it planted, and has it ever been watered?
    I'd put money on it being seriously dehydrated last year from when it was planted - especially as it looks quite a mature specimen. Always harder to establish.

    Rowans need lots of water - any tree needs massive amounts on planting, especially if planted during summer.

    You've cut off what would have been the foliage. It should be covered in foliage by now. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • anton567anton567 Posts: 6
    I cut off the buds because they had gone hard on outside and weren't opening. Inside the buds still looked green and alive. 
    Tree is in middle of of my garden which is shingled over. 
  • anton567anton567 Posts: 6
    It has had water but like you say probably not enough during hot weather last year when I was away. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    A relatively mature Rowan [ which is what it looks like]  should look really healthy just now, and ready to grow on - even the fancier, cultivated types shouldn't be struggling if they've been planted and grown on well. 
    I can't really offer any other advice, as I'm not getting enough info from your posts. It could have been pot bound on planting, not watered enough, poor growing conditions etc 

    It  looks seriously dehydrated to me. The branches in your photo are dying right back.  I don't know if it'll recover. The most likely reason for the buds not opening is drought. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • anton567anton567 Posts: 6
    The branches are not dying as they are still quite green an flexible but thanks for your help and I will continue with it this year and see what happens. Thankyou
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